04:45AM, Tuesday 12 August 2014
Thames Valley Police is one of the few forces to see a decrease in rural crime.
Compared to a national increase in rural crime of 5.2 per cent, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire had a combined decrease of 19 per cent, according to statistics from the NFU Mutual 2013 rural crime survey.
Last year Thames Valley Police worked to tackle rural crime by improving security in rural areas, gaining the trust of farming communities, and conducting intensive operations to catch criminals who attack the rural economy.
Police and crime commissioner Anthony Stansfeld said: “I made rural crime one of my key priorities and in doing so highlighted the great social and economic impact it has on isolated and vulnerable rural communities.
“Rural crime is now being dealt with seriously and real progress is being made.
“I am delighted with the figures and I will continue to prioritise rural crime to help reduce the figures even further.”
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